Gut-flora

some simple (but effective) tips when your skin is not cooperating

hi friends, here are some tips i’ve learned over the years that help me keep my skin in check. feel free to add any tips that have benefitted you :) 

  • wash your pillow case! this one can really be overlooked. i change/wash my pillow case once or twice a week, even when i don’t wash my sheets. this really helps makeup and bacteria from building up
  • probiotics. i know some of these supplements can be pricey, but if you can get your hands on some they are magic! i take one everyday. they support healthy gut flora which helps nourish skin, hair, and nails. you can also get probiotics from fermented foods like miso, kimchi, and sauerkraut.
  • vitamin c. so i started taking vitamin c supplements two weeks ago when i was trying to fight off a cold. the next week, i couldn’t believe how much my skin texture had improved. vitamin c is essential for the production of collagen and elastin that keeps skin toned and firm. it also helps regenerate vitamin e in the body (also super good for our skin)!!!
  • eat more foods with vitamin e. foods like avocados, almonds, olives, spinach, peaches, and tomatoes will make your skin v happy.
  • take your makeup off before a workout. i know this one seems so obvious but i honestly just started doing this. normally, i would go to the gym right after class when i still had makeup on. i don’t wear liquid foundation, but i would conceal or powder some areas. recently though, i’ve been going to the gym right when i wake up while my face is nice and clean and i think letting my pores breathe and sweat without the makeup on has helped so much!
  • reduce dairy consumption. for the past week or two, i unconsciously cut out a good majority of the dairy products i typically eat. even though this was unintentional, i began to notice that my skin was looking much more clear. conventional dairy products at the grocery store can contain antibiotics or added hormones that spike insulin in the body, causing breakouts. it can also lead to a rise in oil production that will fuel the breakouts. experimenting to see if this helps your skin could definitely be beneficial! 
  • do not touch your face ever ever..never. just don’t touch your face. you may think your hands are clean but better safe than sorry.
  • sanitize your phone. !!!! think about this bc i think a lot of people forget but there is so much bacteria on that thing. clean your phone screen to reduce the bacteria that could come in contact with your face!
Koalas are fucking horrible animals.

They have one of the smallest brain to body ratios of any mammal, additionally - their brains are smooth. A brain is folded to increase the surface area for neurons. If you present a koala with leaves plucked from a branch, laid on a flat surface, the koala will not recognize it as food. They are too thick to adapt their feeding behavior to cope with change. In a room full of potential food, they can literally starve to death. This is not the token of an animal that is winning at life. Speaking of stupidity and food, one of the likely reasons for their primitive brains is the fact that additionally to being poisonous, eucalyptus leaves (the only thing they eat) have almost no nutritional value. They can’t afford the extra energy to think, they sleep more than 80% of their fucking lives. When they are awake all they do is eat, shit and occasionally scream like fucking satan.

Because eucalyptus leaves hold such little nutritional value, koalas have to ferment the leaves in their guts for days on end. Unlike their brains, they have the largest hind gut to body ratio of any mammal.

Many herbivorous mammals have adaptations to cope with harsh plant life taking its toll on their teeth, rodents for instance have teeth that never stop growing, some animals only have teeth on their lower jaw, grinding plant matter on bony plates in the tops of their mouths, others have enlarged molars that distribute the wear and break down plant matter more efficiently…

Koalas are no exception, when their teeth erode down to nothing, they resolve the situation by starving to death, because they’re fucking terrible animals.

Being mammals, koalas raise their joeys on milk (admittedly, one of the lowest milk yields to body ratio… There’s a trend here).

When the young joey needs to transition from rich, nourishing substances like milk, to eucalyptus (a plant that seems to be making it abundantly clear that it doesn’t want to be eaten), it finds it does not have the necessary gut flora to digest the leaves. To remedy this, the young joey begins nuzzling its mother’s anus until she leaks a little diarrhea (actually fecal pap, slightly less digested), which he then proceeds to slurp on.

This partially digested plant matter gives him just what he needs to start developing his digestive system. Of course, he may not even have needed to bother nuzzling his mother. She may have been suffering from incontinence. Why?

Because koalas are riddled with chlamydia. In some areas the infection rate is 80% or higher. This statistic isn’t helped by the fact that one of the few other activities koalas will spend their precious energy on is rape.

Despite being seasonal breeders, males seem to either not know or care, and will simply overpower a female regardless of whether she is ovulating. If she fights back, he may drag them both out of the tree, which brings us full circle back to the brain:

Koalas have a higher than average quantity of cerebrospinal fluid in their brains. This is to protect their brains from injury… should they fall from a tree.

An animal so thick it has its own little built in special ed helmet. I fucking hate them.

Tldr; Koalas are stupid, leaky, STI riddled sex offenders. But, hey. They look cute.

If you ignore the terrifying snake eyes and terrifying feet.

It is a striking idea that one of the keys to good health may turn out to involve managing our internal fermentation. Having recently learned to manage several external fermentations — of bread and kimchi and beer — I know a little about the vagaries of that process. You depend on the microbes, and you do your best to align their interests with yours, mainly by feeding them the kinds of things they like to eat — good “substrate.” But absolute control of the process is too much to hope for. It’s a lot more like gardening than governing.

The successful gardener has always known you don’t need to master the science of the soil, which is yet another hotbed of microbial fermentation, in order to nourish and nurture it. You just need to know what it likes to eat — basically, organic matter — and how, in a general way, to align your interests with the interests of the microbes and the plants. The gardener also discovers that, when pathogens or pests appear, chemical interventions “work,” that is, solve the immediate problem, but at a cost to the long-term health of the soil and the whole garden. The drive for absolute control leads to unanticipated forms of disorder.

This, it seems to me, is pretty much where we stand today with respect to our microbiomes — our teeming, quasi-wilderness. We don’t know a lot, but we probably know enough to begin taking better care of it. We have a pretty good idea of what it likes to eat, and what strong chemicals do to it. We know all we need to know, in other words, to begin, with modesty, to tend the unruly garden within.

Cliff Notes - Put Your Heart in Your Mouth. Part 4, All Diseases Begin in the Gut

“All Diseases begin in the gut.”

What is gut flora?

Most microbes on our planet and in our body are beneficial to humans.  The largest group of microbes live in our guts and the average adult carries 1.5-2.5 kg of bacteria in their gut.  We acquire out gut flora from our mothers during birth..

image by Euthman.

There are 3 types of gut flora:

  1. Essential or beneficial flora:  There are the beneficial probiotic bacteria, yeasts and viruses.  They have many functions and predominate in a healthy gut.  Drugs, especially antibiotics are very damaging to these good bacteria and cause many problems.
  2. Opportuntistic flora:  These are bacteria, yeasts, and viruses which have the potential to cause great problems.   In a healthy individual they are kept under control by the beneficial flora.  But if the beneficial bacteria are wiped out then these will take over and are the root of many of our health problems, including autoimmune diseases, digestive problems and atherosclerosis and heart disease.
  3. Transitional flora:  These are the microbes present in the environment and in the food we eat.  They are no problem until the beneficial bacterial get wiped out.

So what does gut flora do for us and why do we need it?

  1. They are the “housekeepers of the digestive system.”  The beneficial bacteria coat the digestive tract and protect it from harm.  They produce anti-microbial substances and destroy many harmful things that come into the digestive tract.  They also nourish the gut lining.  “If you have solid, healthy gut flora you will never develop cancer in your digestive tract."  (p. 101)  Once the gut flora break down then leaky gut can develop and substances get through the cell wall and cause damage in the body.
  2. They are essential for feeding our bodies properly.    The beneficial bacterial are involved in proper digestion, producing important enzymes and synthesizing  nutrients like vitamin K2 that are essential to good health.  When gut flora is damaged we are not able to produce enough of the necessary vitamins and supplementation does not solve the problem.   These nutrients are important for healing an injury in the endothelium of the blood vessels as well.
  3. They are essential to a functioning immune system.  Damage to the good bacteria leads quickly to the development of allergies. because the immune system is no longer in balance.

How should we take care of our gut flora?

The number one thing we can do for our gut flora is eat fermented foods, something that has been done for centuries.   You can also take probiotic supplements.  Both things should be done consistently. 

It is also important to avoid more damage so stay away from drugs, especially antibiotics.

To see last week’s Cliff note you may read it here.

To see my Pinterest board with all the other notes from this book you may go here.

Jennifer

i am getting close to the end of this book and thinking about what book to do next in my Cliff Notes series.  One possibility is Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall, a book on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  Another possibility is The Iodine Crisis by Lynne Farrow and David Brownstein.  I would love to hear your suggestions or what might interest you more in the 2 choices I have listed.

anonymous asked:

Bringing back old topic but I couldn't help it. As I remember you wrote that you tried bacon as gateway meat and you didn't like it so you probably wouldn't like any other. It's like trying only bananas and saying all fruits are not for you. I'm not against vegetarians, only unreasonable generalization. Hope I didn't sound rude, have a nice day~

Yeah, but dude here’s the thing. I like being a vegetarian. I’ve been one my whole life, it’s good for me, It’s not hard to get protein (I was on the varsity weightlifting team in high school and didn’t have any problems) and being a vegetarian is pretty nice to my wallet. And honestly the idea of eating meat this late in the game is kind of a weird concept to me now. I have nothing against other people eating meat, I just don’t think it’s for me.

Also, I don’t have the gut flora for meat so I’m like 90 percent sure that if I ate any it would wreck my insides for a while. That happened with the bacon. 

Loving your stomach 101: be vigilant and persistent in tending your gut garden. probiotics to colonize the inner stomach garden with helpful bacteria and prebiotics to feed the bacteria species and help it proliferate and in turn process your foods more efficiently and ‘train’ your immune system how to target inconsistencies. also, since the useful component in garlic, allicin can kill bad bacteria and leave the good ones alone, it acts as a regulator of the gut flora so it would be wise to have an effective garlic supplement incorporated into tending after your stomach.

the best kind of probiotic out that scientists are okay with saying is effective and does what it advertises is yogurt, yeah apparently even more effective than pills (scientists are very reserved on their opinions about probiotics in general because it’s still in it’s early stages of research and marketed probiotics effects have been admittedly blown out of proportion). so do some h.w. on what probiotic yogurt best suits you and incorporate it into your diet and remember to think of what goes on in your stomach (and just overall body) as a community of bacteria that live with you and you need to have a good balance of useful bacteria living with you that can aid you, there’s many ways of going about this. like I said do some h.w. it’s worth the info if you’re about that 'loving yourself’ movement and considering all the things that can cause an imbalance of bacteria in your body.

anonymous asked:

It occurs to me that offsetting could have incredible health benefits, if you were able to leave behind parasites, unmetabolozed toxins, viruses and other nastiness in the blink of an eye.

Absolutely, but for the same reason I think it must also be hell on your digestive system, since you are constantly losing crucial gut flora. Probably results in chronic malnourishment too. You’re always leaving behind essential minerals and metals and vitamins, and some water, in spite of your best efforts. I can’t imagine Bastion feels very well most of the time.

Doctor’s followup on standard blood test today. It turns out that not only is my thyroid low (annoying but not surprising), but my B12 is also. That’s new. 

Did a bit of reading; I eat plenty of the foods B12 is in naturally (cheese, salmon, etc… come on now), but apparently a certain percentage of adults develop absorption problems? And then the wrinkle that it affects nerve function and fatigue. WELL GOSH. I mean, I’m 95% sure it was a legit MS flare a few weeks ago (resembles symptoms I’ve had before), but man, that can’t have helped. It also really seems to support the emerging science that auto-immune disorders have a lot to do with gut flora.

It’s a bit unnerving, but in theory should be easy and inexpensive to treat. Vitamin supplements are overhyped in general, but supposed to actually be helpful in cases of deficiency, so I’m genuinely curious to see if I feel different after taking them for a bit. I could do with more energy.

Five perfumes on the birth of cities

1. On the digging of the first foundations of Mars City, 2100. Well, this is embarrassing. The start was Mars Base one. You can still visit Mars Base one, it’s under Chang Square now. There wasn’t much of a ceremony. Everyone was suited up, of course. Our priority was to get the stilts in to make the home module functional, for personal comfort reasons as much as anything else. The return to gravity was not playing well with our digestion. Carbon, plastic and hydrogen sulphide.

2. On breaking soil for Mars City 2 atop Olympus Mons, following the Glorious revolution, 8795. It is fair to say that we were not expecting to be outcompeted by our gut flora. Nevertheless, the conditions in the early days on Mars allowed a fascinating insight into accelerated evolution regimes. As you can imagine, things got a bit uncomfortable during E. Coli’s rapid rise to sentience. In a way we welcomed the revolution, when it came. OK, so we were no longer able to shit. Some dealt with this by becoming enormously large, whilst others uploaded themselves to the cloud. One of the delights of Mars City 2 was watching giant humans barrel down the slopes on their homeward commute for the day. Anyway: a refined bouquet of hydrogen sulphide with a light sprinkling of Mars dust and ozone.

3. On the construction of Cloud.1, 10271. We tried living without a city in the cloud for a while. It didn’t quite work. The human consciousness needs geography, or else it starts trying to invent it, and trust me, you don’t want to live in a place where everyone is inventing their own different geography. So we made Cloud.1. Actually we adapted the code from MineCraft, because we wanted to honour the citadels of our digital ancestors. We hadn’t quite got the sensory experience correct at that point, though. So: banana, petrol and wet dog, with lingering notes of hot dust.

4. On the launch of the Eternal Rain, which might be termed a city by dint of containing multitudes of simulated neighbourhoods, even though it is in fact a spaceship approximately the size of a toaster, 16090. By this time, the larger remaining humans had begun to jostle around on the surface of Mars like irritable boulders, terrifying their Coli masters and bulldozing nearly 90% of our unprotected cloud servers. The eternal rain was, we felt, our last great hope. Of course, the young folk refused to believe that they were in the cloud in the first place, so it was left to us older instances to direct its construction using our few remaining personal robots. It is, I think, our greatest achievement. We have limited the spawning of new instances to preserve our processing power, but the sensory experience is now exquisite. The earthy tang of a digital garden in the morning dew, with hints of tomato leaf, marigold and decomposing pigeon.

5. Upon the rounding of the flat Earth and the consolidation of its cities, 88765. I speak as one of the few remaining original instances. We live in a constant struggle to preserve processing power against a proletariat who do not believe in this as a limit. As a desperate measure, we have made our geography spherical, drastically limiting the amount of space available. We have modelled it upon the old Earth, whose biomes I think we have made a fair effort at approximating. The cities, too, we have modelled after the ancient ones. We have long been time-limiting the new instances. There are some who regard this as a new start, requiring a new numbering system and an end to the support of old instances. So this I fear may be my last: dust, and dust, and metal, and apple blossom, rounded out by the carbon-smell of deep space from an old spaceship’s sooty coat.

5/30/17 Quarantine Report

Birds with worrisome stress poo have fully cleared up today. Dr. Walker agreed that 10 days on antibiotics probably threw their gut flora enough to cause some digestive distress.

And Ferdi is FINALLY coccidia free!
There is still a worm he’s fighting with, though.

I told Dr. Walker about my trouble reading his instructions, and we came to the conclusion that this was a med I didn’t have.

That was remedied, and Ferdi has two doses left.

Molasses came basically so that her sudden recovery could be documented.

She will be relieved to be left in peace to gain back her weight and recover.

Fasting

I’ve been doing daily intermittent fasts for about a week now, with the exception of Friday. I fast daily from 7pm until 11am to give my body a break from digestion to focus on detoxification. I have noticed that I am sleeping way better, my energy levels have improved and my overall mood has been great. I have slipped up a few times, but overall it has been a really easy adjustment! The great part about intermittent fasting is that you spend a good part of the fast sleeping, which makes it so much easier. Before my first meal at 11am I have been drinking a glass of warm water with a couple of teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar. This boosts hydrochloric acid production in my stomach so that it is ready to digest whatever I eat. Raw apple cider vinegar (with ‘the mother’) also aids in balancing gut flora and liver detoxification. Lemon can be used instead of apple cider vinegar(which I’m sure tastes a million times better), I am just allergic to lemons. 💜

Quarantine Report 6/9/17

There are no birds showing symptoms of any infection or infestation.
Gut flora seems to have recovered from their week and a half on baytril.

Ferdi is finally free of all of his tenacious parasites.

Molasses just needs to regain all the weight she lost during her prolonged illness.

My Cousins, who were tending the birds while I was in the hospital, got the first of the aviary’s fecal exams sent off to the state pathology lab.

Believing for a negative, guys! Then four more and we can reopen!

Gonna take another break from editing to focus on not only cleaning my room, but I gotta really be smart about my diet and my health routine. Time to repopulate my gut flora and get strong. It’s gonna be hard on work days but I’m gonna try my best. I have a video coming out this Saturday but it’s the last in my queue so it’s possible I will fall behind, but that’s okay. I need to be okay with not always being on schedule. @_@; I get so obsessed with editing that I don’t take care of myself or do things that need to get done.